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1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster


Chassis number : 83486795

Buick 1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster History Specifications
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Sold for $275,000 at 2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island.
Sold for $506,000 at 2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company.
This one-of-a-kind Buick Opera Brougham is the creation of the design house of Fernandez and Darrin of Paris, France, and is mounted on the Series 80 Roadmaster chassis. First displayed at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon, it was the property of several proud owners, including the Countess Max de Polaska, of Poland. She used it to drive between her summer home in Long Island and her winter retreat in Pebble Beach. To keep an eye on what her chauffeur was doing while commuting, it has a matching clock and speedometer repeater set in the luxuriously appointed rear compartment. Outside, the blue paintwork is finished with complementary cream faux-canework on the rear doors while the Buick Series 80 front end with the dual side-mounted spare wheel cases is more or less intact.

Powered by a 320-cubic inch, overhead-valve, inline eight-cylinder engine, the chassis rides on a 140-inch wheelbase. The suspension was independent 'knee-action' coil springs in front and coils in the rear. The top speed for production models was about 80 mph.

This one-off Buick has sweeping early 1930s-style fenders, has no running boards, a very raked windscreen, Marchal lenses, caning, oversized rear-hinged doors, and many luxury features in the passenger compartment. There is a proper Buick cowl, bumpers, and headlamps.

During the 1990s, the car was given a frame-up, cost-no-object restoration.

In 2009, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held at Pebble Beach, CA. It was expected to sell for $200,000 - $325,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $506,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2014

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2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $506,000

2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $275,000

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Buick Series 80 Roadmaster

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80C Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 13347682
Sold for USD$52,640
  2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 Buick Series 80C Roadmaster Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 83480369
Sold for USD$84,700
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Series 81 Roadmaster Touring Sedan with Trunkback
Sold for USD$32,450
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan with Trunkback
Sold for USD$22,275
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1938 Buick Model 80C Roadmster
Sold for USD$56,100
  2011 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1938 Buick Model 80C Roadmaster
Sold for USD$56,100
  2011 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster Us Army Staff Car
Sold for USD$4,800
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster US Army Staff Car
Sold for USD$8,750
  2010 Mecum - Kissimee Auction
 
1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham
Chassis#: 83486795
Sold for USD$506,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80
Chassis#: 13383019
Sold for USD$72,600
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$57,200
  2007 Worldwide Auctions - Sterling McCall 2007
 
1938 Buick Series 80 Opera Brougham
Chassis#: 83486795
Sold for USD$275,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 BUICK 80 SERIES PHAETON
Sold for USD$52,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Buick Series 80 Roadmasters That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Profiles

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster vehicle information
Opera Brougham
Coachwork: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis #: 83486795